Folks who are holding out for a bigger and better update to the iPhone SE may be waiting a while for Apple’s next affordable iPhone to hit retail shelves. According to an investor report by the well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple may not release the next iPhone SE until the second half of 2021 at the earliest.
The newest investor note from Kuo focuses on Apple supplier Genius Electronic Optical, writes 9to5Mac. The company reportedly is pinning its future growth on a lucrative contract with Apple for the next generation iPhone SE. Kuo told his investors not to expect Genius Electronic Optical to announce such a financial agreement at this time.
This information from Kuo suggests Apple may be waiting to release the next iPhone SE until later in the year. Kuo did not reveal anything about the iPhone SE, but this prediction does tie into an earlier report.
Earlier this year, Kuo said in an investor note that Apple may release a larger 5.5-inch iPhone SE Plus in the second half of 2021. This iPhone SE Plus may be followed by an updated version of the iPhone SE in 2022.
Also, in his latest investor note, Kuo said Apple will keep with its yearly release cycle. That means the iPhone 13 is on track for a late 2021 release.
Not many details are known about the iPhone 13, but early rumors suggest it may include camera improvements, an area Apple seems to upgrade each year. The iPhone 13 also may ship with a 120Hz ProMotion display, which was rumored for the iPhone 12 but never materialized.